Sun Hughes, the youngest child of a middle-class family, must learn to deal with life's harsh realities when the Depression reverses his family's fortunes. Sent to live with his Uncle Pet, a proud and zealous Baptist determined to bring religion to his nephew, Sun grows up--and grows wise--as the world his Mama and Papa kept at a distance slowly comes into focus in stark black and white. The powerful metaphor of the moaner's bench--where sinners kneel in church while waiting for the Spirit to strike them into repentance--infuses this often heartbreaking, often hilarious novel of innocence lost. Lyrically written, with a sly sense of humor, The Moaner's Bench is ultimately a story of healing-healing within oneself, healing between oneself and another, and healing within a nation.
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Mars Hill was born in Arkansas. He received a BA in Architectural Engineering from a University of Illinois and an MA in African-American Studies as well as a DA in Humanistic Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. He lives with his wife, Alvania, in Albany, New York.
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060930586